Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. A former UK slam champion, she founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s youth slam championships, in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. Taylor is a fellow of the RSA and the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre. Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, including C+nto & Othered Poems, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize 2021. She is widely anthologised, and has also published three plays and a collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet (forthcoming). Her documentary Butch was recently featured on BBC Radio 4.